Heres what my "Original System Configuration" on the Dell site shows: "N3574HARD DRIVE, 60GB, 9.5MM, 7.2K, HITACHI GLOBAL STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES, IBM Moraga" is that the drive which needs the firmware???
I downloaded the patch for my machine and extracted it to a bootable memory stick. I booted from the stick and ran the update. At the end, during what I believe was the act of writing a log file, it had a drive A: error (when the memory stick boots it shows up as the C: drive). I pressed ESC to cancel. It displayed the message that the update was successful. I looped back through the fitness test. It reported that there was nothing to update.
How long should the firmware update take? It's been running for about 5 minutes now. It seems to be stuck on "Appending DFT History." The HD led is constant so maybe it's still running. I'm afraid to power it down.
I found the IBM information and downloaded it and ran it and it told me the same thing...no update needed. I take their word for it, but the drive still clicks. Its not after periods of low power though, just all the time. Maybe I'm just expecting too much from a laptop?
I found the 7200 60gb firmware and made a bootable cd with all the unzipped stuff in it, boot from it and all i get is a black screen. What did I do wrong? Is this clicking you all experience going on all the time even as you actively use the computer? Mine is every 10 sec or so like it's accessing the disk but the light doesn't come on.
If you have access to a USB Flash Drive, I've uploaded a utility that will create a bootable USB drive on the fly containing the DFT program that performs the firmware flash. I can confirm that it works since it went ahead and flashed an older (Jan04) HTS548040M9AT00 drive from Microcode ver MG20A53A2D up to MG20A5EA2D.